Germany to Clamp Down Following Berlin Attacks
Germany to clamp down on asylum seekers who do not have the right documents or are violent in a bid to make monitoring and deporting them easier. This decision follows Germany’s interior and justice ministers banding together to tighten security rules on those who would harm Germans or migrants who need to be deported. This follows the deadly Berlin Christmas market attack where 12 people were killed and dozens were injured.
Thomas de Maiziere, Interior Minister, said, “We have agreed on the introduction of mandatory residency, in layman’s terms: stricter domicile requirements for asylum seekers who have been deceptive with their identities. Secondly, it will now be easier to take people into custody for deportation.”
Angela Merkel’s government has now put forward a group of proposals to be able to keep better tabs on any asylum seeker who turns to terror or is in the country illegally. Germany’s entire security laws are under review following the Christmas market attack. This is ahead of the country’s elections to be held in September.
The Christmas attack was by Anis Amri who drove a truck through a group of shoppers. German officials were apparently aware of the fact that Amri allegedly underwent military style training for his assault on innocent people a year before the attack. The 24-year-old Amri was apparently known by intelligence officers as far back as last February. Officials had met to discuss whether or not to deport him but determined that he posted no threat.